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Coop is teaching a screenwriting workshop at the Crossroads Film Fest…

Posted on March 29th, 2011
Posted on March 29th, 2011

This Saturday, April 2nd, I will teach a “Screenwriting Workshop” at the Crossroads Film Festival in Jackson Mississippi.

Theater:  Malco Grandview in Madison, MS (Screen “C”)

Time:  9:00am

Duration:  2 hours

Price:  $8 (or $6 for members/students/65+ seniors)

Here’s the official site’s info on the workshop, but unfortunately the personal information they posted about me there is a bit out of date.  Looks like it was culled from a bunch of info on my website that I have since updated.  For a more up-to-date bio, go HERE.

CONTENT:  To be more specific, I will talk about the differences between writing a “Spec. Script” for Hollywood and an “Indie Script” for independent productions.  I will include a lot of helpful information and resources for seasoned veterans as well as those new to the process.

Topics covered:

  • Honest opinions on the latest screenwriting/support software
  • Where to find examples of good scripts
  • Ironclad resources to help you perfect proper screenplay format
  • Effective exercises for beginners and veterans
  • The difference between “Hollywood” and “Indie” screenplay structure
  • Strategic screenplay outlining
  • Pitfalls of writing your first script (spec. or indie)
  • Crafting a rich story mythology
  • Creating memorable characters
  • Solid plot construction
  • Insider secrets of the spec. script
  • Critical tips for indie screenwriters
  • Why “writer’s groups” will help you succeed
  • Why rewriting IS writing
  • What to do when you THINK you’ve completed a final draft
  • Things pro screenwriters NEVER do
  • Why making your own film makes you a better screenwriter
  • Why living in a “small town” gives you an advantage in writing and making films

Plus, you get…

  • Additional resources reviewed and approved by me (many of them are FREE)
  • Online access to my supplemental materials just for attending

Hope to see you there!

– C

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